This is a great experience, to see the Alcatraz Island prison.
The sound-guide works well, a lot of real stories have been added and there is a lot of personal destinies that are talked about.
You can stay on the Island as long as you want, and it is really interesting to see. A lot of the Island has been barred off though, so it is a limited experience you get - strictly controlled by fences and guards.
We did not have tickets before we can to San Francisco, so we needed to use the plan-B way of getting tickets, which is to go through all the small shops which buy combined packages of bus tours and alcatraz-tours, for a high premium. Basically, they buy up all the tickets, and resell them for tourists that didn't know that there was a one week queue to get tickets. So do yourself a favour and book the tickets on line a few weeks ahead.
Was it worth it? I think it is. Especially if you don't have to go through the black market, uh no, I mean the resellers.
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